This could be enough for anyone. Not for me, but it might be for you. I’m using it now, and it’s actually really nice.
What do you really need for writing a blog on the go? It really comes down to this, I think:
- A personal computing device, like a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop.
- A camera. It could be the one built into your writing device.
- A keyboard.
But let’s break it down. What am I using to write this article right now?
- Mobile Phone. Really, almost any mobile phone can work for this. Android, iOS, doesn’t matter. But I’m an iPhone fan. In my case, I’m using an iPhone 7 Plus. The screen size is great and so is the camera. But carrying a phone this big can honestly sometimes feel like I’ve got a little tablet on my belt holster. We all make trade-offs! But this covers my computing device and my camera in one go, and it fits on my belt. Score!
- Phone stand. I’m using a Moko stand. This thing is so ridiculously slim and easy to carry. I keep it folded up flat in a pocket within my phone holster. No excuse not to carry this.
- Keyboard. After screwing around with many somewhat more portable keyboards, I finally bit the bullet and picked up an Apple Magic Keyboard and a traveling case for it.
And that’s it. The keyboard goes in my backpack which is nothing special. The phone goes in my phone holster, but so does the stand! And with this, I could write from pretty much anywhere in the world.
But would I?
No, probably not. While this setup is perfectly comfortable for straight-up prose, it’s kind of painful for something like this where I’m trying to grab links out of Amazon, shorten them, paste them, switching back and forth between apps. It’s just kind of clumsy and tedious to do on a phone screen. It’s a little easier with more screen space, like with the iPad Mini 5.
If I were writing a book with Scrivener, yes, this would be the hot setup. NaNoWriMo contenders, make note!
And while the iPhone 7 Plus has a great camera for a phone, that trailing caveat is what’s currently killing it for me. I need something more from my images, even if it means I have to carry more stuff.
So what am I going to take on my next trip? Stay tuned.